In partnership with Kam Cares Foundation, Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor and Seattle's Union Gospel Mission will hosted its fifth annual holiday toy drive to serve nearly 1,000 children in need.
Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today — Friday, December 9 — about your Seattle Seahawks:
Chancellor Named Community MVP
Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor was named the NFL Players Association's community MVP for Week 13 for his charitable work in the month of the December. The award recognizes players who are making a positive impact in their communities.
Last week, Chancellor partnered his Kam Cares Foundation with Seattle Union Gospel Mission to host his holiday toy drive for the fifth-straight year to donate toys and gifts to families in need in Seattle, plus surrounding areas.
"I'm a firm believer that to whom much is given, much is expected in return; and that is how I try to live my life each day. I'm blessed to play the game that I love, but now I feel the responsibility to reach back and help other children from similar backgrounds as my own," Chancellor said. "I'm thankful to be named the NFLPA Community MVP, and I'm humbled that they are recognizing the work that I've simply been called to do."
Chancellor is the latest Seahawks player to receive the award. Defensive end Cliff Avril received it Week 4 of last season.
Social Post Of The Day
Today's "Social Post of the Day" comes courtesy of Facebook through American Family Insurance, who is offering a chance to meet Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman and stand on the platform for the 12 flag raising against the Arizona Cardinals on December 24th.
Avril is offering a chance to bid on his special #MyCauseMyCleats from Week 13. All proceeds benefit the Cliff Avril Family Foundation and JDRF.
Fox Sports looks at five moments that made Seahawks-Packers an intriguing rivalry.
John Clayton of 710 ESPN Seattle offers his keys to Sunday's game.
Finally, Matt Bowen of ESPN Insider lists Doug Baldwin as the best slot receiver in football (Insider access is required to read the full article). Baldwin also received honorable mention in the "toughest dude on the field" category.
Defensive backs have to play a "two-way-go" inside of the numbers versus a slot receiver. That means the receiver can release inside or outside without the restrictions of the boundary. And given that extra space to work with, Baldwin consistently exposes defensive leverage and technique and gains separation because of his lateral ability. I'm telling you, he's got some quicks.
From the sweet footwork to the route-running skills, Baldwin can beat defenders all day on underneath routes, plus he has the speed to run vertical concepts from the slot. We consistently see him winning on the inside seam, the fade and the deep corner route. Those are tough routes to cover when Baldwin can set up defensive backs, stack on top and then use that burst to separate while the ball is in the air.
Yes, Baldwin can play outside of the numbers (he has done it on 19 percent of his snaps this season, compared to 73 percent in the slot). But his ability to win inside really jumps off the tape. The skill set, the physical play, the toughness ... Baldwin is a warrior on that field.
The Seahawks and the Packers have faced off 19 times, including three postseason matchups. The Seahawks currently own eight wins in the series and will play the Packers again this Sunday at Lambeau Field during Week 14.